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|Royalty and Loyalty|
Green Firebender Chronicles
Kenji lay on his bed, lucky to have found an inn to stay the night. As always sleep eluded him. He dipped his hand into the bag beside his bed and removed a golden locket. He opened it, his breath slowing as he did so. Inside was a picture of himself and his sister at a tender age. His last remaining piece of what he had to live for. He half smiled. I will find you and we will be united once more, he thought. However something else was on his mind, and as he placed the locket on his chest he remembered what it was. Who was that girl, there was something about her. He sighed as he rolled to the side and adjusted his sheepskin pillow. Perhaps one day we will meet again. He yawned and drifted off to sleep.
Xue looked over the balcony unable to sleep. She would be locked away somewhere by now, or worse dead, if it hadn't been for Kenji saving her from the Equalists. She stared blankly at the moon, wondering who he was. She felt a hand rest on her shoulder, startling her. Instinctively, she drew water out of the atmosphere and pinned the person behind her with icicles to his shirt.
"Remind me never to sneak up on you again." She realized that Li Yong was the one behind her and she had pinned him to the wall.
"Sorry," she apologized, turning the icicles into water, freeing her cousin. She then turned back to staring at the moon blankly. Li Yong noticed his cousin's strange behaviour.
"Hey, what's eating you?"
"Well..." She proceeded to tell him all that had happened, and how a boy named Kenji had saved her.
"Whoa, hold up." he interjected. "This Kenji you speak about sounds almost like the person Tenzin and Lin told me about this afternoon."
"What?" She was confused.
"Didn't you hear?" he said, almost rhetorically. "Tenzin was easily beaten by someone called Kenji. He slammed him into the ground before flinging him aside like a rag doll."
"And when did that happen?" she asked with a serious look on her face.
"This afternoon," Li replied. Xue remained quiet.
"I'll straighten this out tomorrow," she said, turning from the balcony. "Goodnight Li."
"Wait, what about the pro-bending offer?" he asked her as she proceeded towards the stairs.
"Goodnight Li," she repeated.
Day had not yet broken when Kenji got up from his bed. He changed into his red sleeveless shirt and a green jacket, a white Pai Sho tile centered on the back. He put on his black trousers and boots before sliding over his bag, and crossed his dual dao swords in their scabbard across his back. Finally, he put on his pair of black fingerless gloves and exited his room. He dropped eight gold pieces on the counter as he left, before bowing to the owner and exiting the inn. First of all I have to get a map of this place so not to get lost, then I'll start looking for her. The sun is not yet up, which gives me a head start on the day. Now which path was the road to the market again?
Lu Ten got up earlier than anyone else. He always went for his morning jog before anyone was awake, so he wouldn't have the Imperial Firebenders following him everywhere like bodyguards. He slipped out of the building unnoticed and made his way to the park. He took a whiff of the cold morning air. Ah what a perfect morning for a jog, he thought to himself. While the young prince proceeded off on his morning jog, a shadowy figure stalked him from above.
"Soon, very soon, we will have justice in this world. But first..." the stranger said, an ominous grin crossing his face.
Kenji moved through the streets aimlessly. He knew he was lost, but refused to admit it, even though he did not like where he was going. While thinking about the right way to go he heard a small squeal that caught his attention. He turned from the streets into a dark alley where he found a wounded animal. The animal had the ears, fangs and body of a bat, but wings and claws of a falcon. It was dark-brown in color and it's wings were burnt.
"A falconbat. What sort of person would injure such a rare creature?" he wondered as he removed an ointment from his bag and applied it to the creatures wings, before wrapping it in bandages. It was momentarily relieved of some of its pain.
"That ointment was specially made to remove burns and scalds," he said. He looked at the creature, who from its expression seemed very grateful. It then gestured to its mouth with his left wing.
"Oh you must be hungry." Kenji brought out some berries and dropped them on the ground. The falconbat began eating without hesitation.
"Well I'd better be going." Kenji got up and turned around and proceeded to the city's central park, when he realized that the falconbat had been following him. He sighed. "Very well, come along then." The creature leaped onto Kenji's shoulder. "Now what shall I name you? How about Sai Hu, or just Sai for short?" Sai simply nodded. While stroking his new found pet, he felt someone run into him, knocking him to the ground.
"Watch were you're going simpleton!" the voice commanded, irritating Kenji even more.
"Excuse me, as I recall you ran into me! You should apologize!" Kenji got up to his feet slowly.
"Do you know who I am?" he asked. "I am Lu Ten! Crown Prince of the Fire Nation!" Hoo boy here we go again, Kenji thought.
"And so what?" he asked as he rolled his eyes. Lu Ten was bemused.
"Did your mother not teach you how to respect royalty?" Kenji was instantly thrown into a fury. He punched the Crown Prince in his gut before landing a clear uppercut to his jaw, knocking him backwards.
"No one, absolutely no one talks trash about my parents, Mr. Crown Prince," he said loudly, as Lu Ten searched his teeth for blood. "Here's a message for you. I am loyal to those I care about and to the Fire Nation even if I'm not a spoilt royal prince". He dropped his hands into his pockets and walked away from the Crown Prince. Sai leaped onto his shoulder, and he began petting him again, leaving the Prince to wonder; royalty, loyalty, what's the difference
Xue sat on the bench facing the fountain in the middle of the park. She had two things on her mind and was not sure how to deal with either them.
"Why so glum?" said a voice behind her she recognised. She tilted her head to make sure it was who she thought it was.
"It's you Kenji!" Kenji was standing right in front of her and she was speechless. She had to think of something to say.
"Um... how would you like to come to my place and meet my twin brother and friends. Maybe afterwards if you're free I can show you around the city," she muttered.
He thought for a while in silence. He didn't want to get lost again, so what choice did he have.
"Sure, why not. I didn't know you were a twin, what's your brother's name?" he asked as he sat on the bench.
"His name is Tenzin."
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